YUVA SUMMIT, an event which brought together over 1,000 college youth from across 5 states and encouraged leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship through awards, project exhibitions, and panel sessions. Participants got to hear from and network with a national and international group of mentors, faculty, young entrepreneurs, students, innovators and LEAD alumni.
The first session of the day was LEAD Talk, an opportunity for six stand-out young people from the LEAD program to share their stories on stage in front of the full auditorium of 1000+. Hailing from across India, these young leaders inspired the audience of not only their peers but their elders too. Featured leaders were Vedanth B (KLS GIT Belgaum), Santosh Biradar (DET), Deepali Bhosle (Smt. A A Patil’s Women’s College Chikodi), Srujan Mara (VREC, Nizamabad), Veeresh Varur (REC Hulkoti), Prajwal Rao (Mysore University).
Inspiring Sessions with Role Models/ Keynote Speakers:
We were honored to host many esteemed role models, including Magsaysay Awardee Bezwada Wilson, Deshpande Foundation Founders Dr. Gururaj Deshpande and Jaishree Deshpande, Open Water Swimmer Bhakti Sharma, MD of Kirloskar Ferrous Ltd R. V. Gumaste, Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the MIT Energy Initiative Dr. Robert Stoner, Triple Effect Founder Sally Ng, SHAD Coordinator Nichoas Clermont, S Mobility Chairman Dilip Modi, Author Adhitya Iyer, Adviserto the HITACHI Chairman Raju Reddy, Secretary of the IT, Electronics & Communications Department of the Government of Telangana Jayesh Ranjan, and Maesh Jadhav, Founder of the Mahesh Foundation.
Dilip Modi, Chairman of S Mobility and Founder of the Ek Soch Sandbox addressed Yuva Summit participants and spoke about his journey to becoming a leader in the industry. He also discussed the growth of Ek Soch Sandbox and took questions from the audience.
Magsaysay awardee Bezwada Wilson praised LEAD students for taking initiative in making society better and commended their high level of work in service of others.He discussed with students how to achieve their goals no matter how large.
Faculty Panel Session:
The Faculty Panel session began and featured esteemed faculty members from across the country. Veeranna D. K. (SGBIT Belgavi), Arun Kumar M.V. (Bapuji Polytechnic Davangere), Vasudev Parvati (SDMCET Dharwad). International delegates included Leon Sandler(Executive Director, The Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT) and Nicholas Clermont(SHAD Youth Engagement Coordinator, Pond Deshpande Center at Queens University) also joined us in this panel discussion. Sally Ng (Founder and CEO, The Triple Effect Inc.)moderated. The panel primarily discussed the ways in which youth innovation and entrepreneurship were administered in the programs they carry out.
Throughout the day at Yuva Summit, 60+ of the top LEAD projects of the year (chosen from over 6,602projects) were exhibited on the event grounds. Stalls were inaugurated by R. V. Gumaste and Bhakti Sharma. Proud LEADers talked to their peers, entrepreneurs, and faculty about the positive impact they were making in their communities.
Awards Ceremony/ Evening with Legends:
Faculties and youth were acknowledged for their excellence through multiple awards for outstanding efforts.These awards were presented by renowned legends Dr. Desh Deshpande, Jaishree Deshpande, Raju Reddy, Dilip Modi and Bezwada Wilson The Best Supporting Faculty was awarded to V B Grampurohit (Smt. Kumudben Darbar College, Vijayapur), Dr. Veeranna DK (SGBIT Belgavi). KLS Institute of Technology Belgavi was presented with Best Performing College. Smt. Kumudben Darbar College, Vijayapur was awarded Best Supporting College” and Smt. A A Patils Women’s College Chikodi was awarded Best Supporting & Performing College. Five youth were awarded Best LEADer for their innovating projects. This included Bhimshi B Udachannavar who was recognized for the innovative braking system designed for bullock carts, Vishwanath Hiremath (Smt. Kumudben Darbar College, Vijayapur) who replaced 18400 taps in Vijayapur City, saving 8 laclitersper week, Nikita Chougala (Smt. A A Patil’s Women’s College Chikodi) who built over 100 shelters for cattle in Borgal Village, Manjushree Kamble (Smt. A A Patil’s Womens College Chikodi) who successfully lobbied for a 2.5 lakh drinking water facility for her colony
andGurudatta E (HPPC Govt. First Grade College Challakere) who helped 200 individuals get labour cards. Other awards were presented toNiranjan K (AITM Belagavi) as the Most Entrepreneurial Idea for the low-cost portable water filter that he designed costing only Rs 25. Lastly, Most Innovative Solution Technical was given to Yuvaraj Patil (VSMIT Nipani) who established a multi-talented robot machine for
Yuva Summit was anchored by An Evening with Legends, where the five legends on the stage shared their knowledge, passion, and inspiration for making a difference. This is what so many of the attendees came for, to bask in the presence of these five game changers and change makers, and it did not disappoint. The legends not only shared their own stories but with moderation by Mr. Gururaj Deshpande, answered more in depth questions about the impacts they have made and how they did it. With that, the 7th Yuva Summit concluded under Hubballi’s night sky.